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My All Time Favorite Book
Alas, I also am not gifted at describing the plot of this book or even why I liked it. It made me laugh and cry out loud. I, who never read a book more than once, have read it every year since I found it. I will buy it for friends but never loan it.
Its a classic story but the author has a hilarious way with her descriptions of Claire, her family, etc., its just a fun fun read. It is, truly, my all time favorite book, and I read it again and again.
My favorite Deborah Smith novel
A PLACE CALLED HOME is by far my favorite of Deborah Smith's books. The age old story of star-crossed lovers, this novel has all the elements of a Romeo-Juliet tale. Claire comes from a true-blue Georgia farm family, and Roan is poor white trash from the wrong side of the blanket. Another appealing element to A PLACE CALLED HOME is the love, devotion, compassion, and loyalty that builds between the two main character during their childhood and seems to be destined to die. After years apart, Roan comes home successful, handsome, and available. This book is a keeper!
Even I was Impressed
I picked this up on a recommendation for a decent, contemporary first person point of view, fiction piece to study from.
I found A Place To Call Home much more than just a good study, it was a good read! It had twists, turns and conflicts I never predicted. It was a romance, it seems, but not in the Harlequin Blaze kind of way.
The only thing I was lost in was the huge family and all of its people. Sometimes the pages blurred and I couldn't remember who this Aunt or Grandma this was supposed to be and what was said about their history earlier in the book. Sometimes I felt the HUGE family was a little much - but then again, I am not from a large Southern family, and have less understanding of this. However confusing it was, it was easily overlooked.
The love scenes didn't advance the plot much, but they didn't need to. It took so long to get to the first one, it could have been any kind and the reader would be happy. It was done perfectly.
They were sweet and quickly mentioned, not raunchy and overwhelming. And they didn't end the book or the plot with a, "We've found each other, slept together, and lived happily ever after". There was SO much more left to go through in the book. I'll be looking for her other books today.
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